Woodland Hills' Pitts goes to Rutgers, but Pitt lands 4 players
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Pitt isn't for Pitts after all.
Woodland Hills' Lafayette Pitts, who made a verbal commitment to Pitt last summer, has decided he will play next season at Rutgers.
Pitts, a running back-defensive back who was recruited to play defense, opened his recruiting when Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign as Pitt's coach.
Pitts visited Iowa, Maryland and Rutgers before deciding on Rutgers. Former Pitt assistant coaches Frank Cignetti and Jeff Hafley are now assistants at Rutgers and recruited Pitts for the Scarlet Knights.
"I think just the relationship he formed with coach Cignetti and coach Hafley was probably the biggest influence," said Woodland Hills coach George Novak.
"He felt comfortable with them. He knew them the best. I think he feels some uncertainty at Pitt right now and what direction they're going to go.
"I don't think he has as much trust with anyone there right now as he does with coach Cignetti and coach Hafley."
Pitts was supposed to visit Pitt this weekend.
But when asked if that visit was now canceled, Novak said, "I can't say that."
Pitt landed four commitments this weekend, which gives them nine for the upcoming class. The highest rated of the four are three-star tailback Malcolm Crockett from Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) and three-star wide receiver Darius Patton from Poland Seminary (Poland, Ohio).
Crockett (5 feet 11, 180 pounds) had offers from Michigan, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and West Virginia and likely would have headed to Michigan had the Wolverines' coaching staff not been fired. Three of Michigan's former assistants are now at Pitt, including recruiting coordinator Tony Gibson.
Patton (5-10, 170) had offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, West Virginia and Cincinnati and also was being recruited by the staff at Michigan. Patton spent his freshman and sophomore years at Penn Hills before moving in with his father in Ohio before his junior year.
The other players who committed to Pitt are running back Isaac Bennett from Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa and running back Corey Davis from Gladewater, Texas.Both were headed to Tulsa but decided to follow coach Todd Graham to Pitt.
First Published January 26, 2011 12:01 am